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This 12-Year-Old Girl Is About To Marry A 37-Year-Old Man To Prevent Other Child Weddings From Happening

This 12-Year-Old Girl Is About To Marry A 37-Year-Old Man To Prevent Other Child Weddings From Happening

According to the Norwegian website, stoppbryllupet.no, 39,000 young girls are forced into marriage every single day.

This 12-Year-Old Girl Is About To Marry A 37-Year-Old Man To Prevent Other Child Weddings From Happening
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Meet Thea. She’s a 12-year-old girl from Norway who has the intention of marrying Geir, a 37-year-old man.  They were set to wed on Saturday. She documented the entire experience on her blog, including all the items like picking out a cake, a wedding dress, and their wedding rings.

This 12-Year-Old Girl Is About To Marry A 37-Year-Old Man To Prevent Other Child Weddings From Happening
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But Thea and her impending wedding aren’t actually real. They were fabricated for a viral marketing campaign by Plan Norway aimed at raising awareness about the forced marriages of underage girls around the globe.

This 12-Year-Old Girl Is About To Marry A 37-Year-Old Man To Prevent Other Child Weddings From Happening
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The topic of underage weddings was a huge topic of debate on multiple social media outlets. All why Thea planned her dream wedding, which just happened to be taking place on UN’s International Day Of Girls.

This 12-Year-Old Girl Is About To Marry A 37-Year-Old Man To Prevent Other Child Weddings From Happening
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To watch the wedding via a livestream or to show your support for the wedding, they were taking donations through the website.

This 12-Year-Old Girl Is About To Marry A 37-Year-Old Man To Prevent Other Child Weddings From Happening
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This is the wedding cake that Thea & Geir picked out for their wedding. No 12-year-old should be in this type of situation.

This 12-Year-Old Girl Is About To Marry A 37-Year-Old Man To Prevent Other Child Weddings From Happening
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Thommessen explained that Plan Norway’s goal with the Thea project was to mobilize Norwegians to stop Thea’s wedding before the little girl made it to the altar.

The plan worked. Concerned Norwegians reportedly called the police to alert them to Thea’s plight.

The campaign was intended to inspire people to get involved in stopping child marriage on a global scale by sponsoring girls in developing countries. Plan International’s sponsorship program connects donors with children in need of aid. In exchange for monthly contributions toward ongoing Plan projects in the child’s community, the sponsor receives updates and letters from the child.

“The practice [of underage marriages] violates girls’ human rights, curtails their education, harms their health, and sharply constrains their futures,” Plan International writes on its website. “Girls who marry early are most often deprived of the opportunity to reach their full potential and rise out of poverty.”

The charity points out on its website that most child marriages happen in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa: “In several countries in West Africa and in Bangladesh, two-thirds of girls are married before age 18.”

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Written by Dan Edmund

Dan Edmund has been doing internet marketing for over 10 years and frequently blogs on several websites. www.bossprofits.com

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